Mastering Logical Fallacies: The Definitive Guide to Flawless Rhetoric and Bulletproof Logic

Mastering Logical Fallacies: The Definitive Guide to Flawless Rhetoric and Bulletproof Logic

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“If I have learned anything in ten years of formal debating, it is that arguments are no different: without a good understanding of the rules and tactics, you are likely to do poorly and be beaten.”—HENRY ZHANG, President of the Yale Debate Association

Your argument is valid and you know it; yet once again you find yourself leaving a debate feeling defeated and embarrassed. The matter is only made worse when you realize that your defeat came at the hands of someone’s abuse of logic—and that with the right skills you could have won the argument.

The ability to recognize logical fallacies when they occur is an essential life skill. Mastering Logical Fallacies is the clearest, boldest, and most systematic guide to dominating the rules and tactics of successful arguments. This book offers methodical breakdowns of the logical fallacies behind exceedingly common, yet detrimental, argumentative mistakes, and explores them through real life examples of logic-gone-wrong.

Designed for those who are ready to gain the upper hand over their opponents, this master class teaches the necessary skills to identify your opponents’ misuse of logic and construct effective, arguments that win. With the empowering strategies offered in Mastering Logical Fallacies you’ll be able to reveal the slight-of-hand flaws in your challengers’ rhetoric, and seize control of the argument with bulletproof logic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623157104
Publisher: Callisto Media
Publication date: 06/21/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 474,094
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

DR. MICHAEL WITHEY is a Philosophy and Classics alumnus of the London School of Economics and Cambridge University.

HENRY ZHANG is an avid debater, and the President of the Yale Debate Association.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Introduction 10

Key Terms 13

The Fallacies

Ad Hominem: Abusive 16

Ad Hominem: Circumstantial 19

Ad Hominem: Guilt by Association 22

Ad Hominem: Tu Quoque 25

Affirming the Consequent 29

Ambiguity 33

Anonymous Authority 38

Appeal to Anger 40

Appeal to Authority 43

Appeal to Celebrity 45

Appeal to Common Belief 47

Appeal to Desperation 50

Appeal to Emotion 53

Appeal to Faith 55

Appeal to Fear 58

Appeal to Heaven 62

Appeal to the Moon 65

Appeal to Nature 67

Appeal to Normality 71

Appeal to Pity 73

Appeal to Possibility 75

Appeal to Ridicule 78

Appeal to Tradition 80

Argument from Ignorance 83

Base Rate 87

Begging the Question 90

Biased Sample 93

Blind Authority 96

Cherry-Picking 99

Circular Reasoning 102

Complex Question 106

Equivocation 108

Fake Precision 111

Fallacy of Composition 115

Fallacy of Division 117

False Analogy 119

False Dilemma 122

Hasty Generalization 125

Just Because 128

Ludic Fallacy 131

Lying With Stats 134

Magical Thinking 136

Moralistic Fallacy 139

Moving the Goalposts 142

Multiple Comparisons Fallacy 146

Naturalistic Fallacy 150

Nirvana Fallacy 154

Non Sequitur 156

Proving Non-Existence 159

Red Herring 162

Reductio ad Absurdum 165

Reductio ad Hitlerum 168

Self-Sealing Argument 171

Shoehorning 173

Slippery Slope 175

Special Pleading 178

Spiritual Fallacy 181

Straw Man Argument 183

Sunk Cost 186

Unfalsifiability 189

Use-Mention Error 192

Index 196

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